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Christmas isn’t complete here without a good ol’Dominican Aguinaldo! The tradition of aguinaldos consists of getting together with friends and singing Christmas carols from house to house. These are performed to the rhythm of tambora, güira, maracas, and accordion. The groups are greeted with joy by the neighbors who offer them various treats, traditionally ginger tea, hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, bread, etc. This Thursday, December 14th, as part of the Christmas program there will be two activities that compliment each other perfectly – a Maracas workshop and the Altos de Chavón Aguinaldo!
The day will start at 5 pm with a Maracas workshop for our kids hosted by the Altos de Chavón Regional Museum of Archaeology. They will be teaching the kids how the maracas are made, what materials are used, and they will be able to make and paint their own. As an added bonus, they can be used in the Aguinaldo at 6 pm which will cover all of Altos de Chavón! Last year, singing traditional songs like “Las Arandelas”, “Alegre Vengo”, “De la montaña” and more we visited the various local businesses to bring them and their clientele some Christmas cheer and in return, they gave us and the kids delicious treats including pizza, fried chicken, french fries, pastelitos, quipes, etc. To end the night, Santa was waiting for the kids at his home making it a great opportunity for them to talk to him again about their presents.
It was a great family activity, and Altos de Chavón was brimming with the holiday spirit thanks to all the children running around and singing traditional songs. It also a fun way to teach our kids to love and pass on one of our country’s oldest Christmas traditions guaranteeing that they will not be lost in time like has sadly happened with many others. Mark your calendars and bring your children to these activities, we guarantee you will not regret it!
* Pictures from last year’s Maracas workshop and Aguinaldo
Maracas Workshop for Kids and Dominican Aguinaldo
Let the Christmas festivities begin! This holiday season Altos de Chavón is the place to celebrate! For a couple of days now we’ve seen men hard at work installing lights to make sure that this is a magical season for all. The traditional Christmas Lighting Ceremony and official inauguration to this merry season is THIS Friday, December 8th, and we thought it would be helpful to bring you the FULL schedule of holiday events coming your way. Continue reading here.